Francis Jue, Peter Kim, Michelle Krusiec, Jaygee Macapugay, Joél Pérez, Kendyl Ito, Lulu Fall and More Set for WILD GOOSE DREAMS at The Public, October 30 – December 9

The Public Theater is presenting the New York premiere of Wild Goose Dreams, written by Hansol Jung and directed by Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman. After its initial run in Public Studio, and in a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, this fascinating and unforgettable new play with music, will begin previews with a Free First Preview in The Public’s Martinson Hall on Tuesday, October 30. Wild Goose Dreams runs through Sunday, December 9, with an official press opening on Wednesday, November 14.

The complete cast of Wild Goose Dreams features Dan Domingues (Chorus), Lulu Fall (Digital Nanhee/Chorus), Kendyl Ito (Heejin/Chorus), Francis Jue (Father), Peter Kim (Guk Minsung), Michelle Krusiec (Yoo Nanhee), Jaygee Macapugay (Wife/Chorus), Joél Pérez (Digital Minsung/Chorus), Jamar Williams (Chorus), and Katrina Yaukey (Chorus).

Wild Goose Dreams returns to The Public after its initial run in Public Studio in a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, where it had a critically-acclaimed run last season. Minsung is a “goose father,” a South Korean man whose wife and daughter have moved to America for a better life. Deeply lonely, he escapes onto the internet and meets Nanhee, a young defector forced to leave her family behind in North Korea. Amidst the endless noise of the modern world, where likes and shares have taken the place of love and touch, Minsung and Nanhee try their best to be real for each other. But after a lifetime of division and separation, is connection possible? Tony nominee Leigh Silverman directs this strikingly original play with music, about two people from two cultures forced to choose between family and freedom.

Wild Goose Dreams features scenic design by Clint Ramos, costume design by Linda Cho, lighting design by Keith Parham, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, composition by Paul Castles, Korean music composition by Jongbin Jung, movement direction by Yasmine Lee, and music supervision by Charity Wicks.

Hansol Jung (Playwright). Productions include Cardboard Piano (Actors Theater of Louisville), Among the Dead (Ma-Yi Theater), and No More Sad Things (Sideshow, Boise Contemporary). Commissions include National Theatre (UK); La Jolla Playhouse; Playwrights Horizons; Seattle Repertory; Ma-Yi Theater Company; Artists Repertory; and Play On! at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Fellowships and residencies include Royal Court, New York Theatre Workshop, Berkeley Repertory, MacDowell Colony, Hedgebrook, Sundance Theatre Lab, O’Neill Theater Center, Victory Gardens, and Page 73 Productions. Jung received a Whiting Award and Helen Merrill Award. Jung received her MFA from Yale School of Drama, and is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab and Usual Suspects at NYTW.

Leigh Silverman (Director). Public Theater credits include The Outer Space, No Place to Go, In the Wake (also CTG/Berkeley, Obie Award, Lortel nomination), Yellow Face, and Well. Silverman’s Broadway credits include Lifespan of a Fact (Studio 54), Violet (Roundabout, Tony nomination), Chinglish, and Well. Recent credits include Soft Power by Jeanine Tesori/David Henry Hwang (Ahmanson Theater/Curran Theater) and Harry Clarke (Vineyard Theatre/Minetta Lane, Lortel nomination). Other credits include Sweet Charity (New Group); On the Exhale (Roundabout); All The Ways to Say I Love You (MCC); The Way We Get By (Second Stage); Tumacho (Clubbed Thumb); American Hero (Williamstown Theater Festival/Second Stage); Kung Fu and Golden Child (Signature Theatre); The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, The Call, and Go Back to Where You Are (Obie Award, Playwrights Horizons); and The Madrid (MTC). Encores credits include Really Rosie, The Wild Party, and Violet.

Dan Domingues (Chorus) has performed at The Public in Fidelis, The Great Immensity, and Let Me Ascertain You (Joe’s Pub). Off-Broadway credits include Rattlestick, Abingdon, BAM, 59E59, INTAR, Atlantic, and Cherry Lane. Select regional credits include Alley Theatre, Arena Stage, Guthrie, Goodman, NY Stage & Film, Hangar Theatre, Studio Theatre, Cape Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, Long Wharf, Florida Stage, Portland Stage, and George Street. His film credits include Run All Night, Future ’38, and In Stereo, and television credits include “West40s,” “Blacklist,” “Royal Pains,” and “Law & Order.” He received his MFA from A.R.T. and is an Associate Artist with The Civilians.

Lulu Fall (Digital Nanhee/Chorus). Broadway credits include Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 and Hair. Off-Broadway credits include Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Pretty Filthy; Hadestown; and This Ain’t No Disco. She appeared in the national tour of Hair. Regional credits include The Who’s Tommy, Acid Queen (Denver Center); Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Capital Repertory Theatre); and Passing Strange (Studio Theatre). Select workshops include August Rush, 15 Minutes, and Annie Golden Bounty Hunter. Television credits include “Random Acts of Flyness” (HBO). Her featured music performances include Jazz Re:freshed (London) and American Songbook Program.

Kendyl Ito (Heejin/Chorus) performed in the national tour of Matilda. Regional credits include Soft Power (world premiere), A Chorus Line, Grease, Rent, Seussical, American Idiot, and Oliver. His concerts include 54 Sings Little Women, Music and Laughter, Samantha Spade, and Hatched.

Francis Jue (Father) has performed at The Public in Yellow Face, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Hamlet, Timon of Athens, Pericles, King Lear, A Winter’s Tale, A Language of Their Own, and Richard II. Broadway credits include Pacific Overtures, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and M. Butterfly. Off-Broadway credits include Kung Fu, Coraline, and Falsettoland. Regional credits include Soft Power; In the Next Room (or the vibrator play); Cabaret; King of the Yees; Tiger Style!; Miss Saigon; and Amadeus. Film and television credits include Joyful Noise, “Madam Secretary,” “Good Wife,” and “Law & Order: SVU.” He has received Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards.

Peter Kim (Guk Minsung) has appeared at The Public in Yellow Face. Broadway credits include Thoroughly Modern Millie and Off-Broadway credits include Charles Francis Chan Jr.’s Exotic Oriental Murder Mystery (NAATCO), Kung Fu (Signature), The Golden Dragon (PlayCo), Maple and Vine (Playwrights Horizons), Year Zero (2ST), American Hwangap (PlayCo/Ma-Yi), and Sides (Ma-Yi). Film credits include Saturday Church, Margin Call, Sex and the City, and Hackers. Television credits include “After Forever,” “Chicago Med,” “Mercy,” and “Ugly Betty.” He is an associate producer at NAATCO and a lecturer at Princeton University. Kim is a recipient of the Lilah Kan Red Socks Award.

Michelle Krusiec (Yoo Nanhee). Regional credits include Chinglish (International Broadway tour, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep and Hong Kong Arts Festival). Krusiec wrote and performed the solo show Made in Taiwan (HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival, New York Asian American Theatre Festival, NY Fringe Festival, and Fringe Encores). Her workshop credits include King of Hell’s Palace (Goodman) and Kung Fu (Signature). Her selected film credits include The Invitation, Saving Face, and Far North, and selected television credits include “Supergirl,” “Hawaii-5-0,” and “Getting On.” She also wrote and directed Scenes from a Real Marriage. Krusiec received a Best Actress nomination for The Golden Horse Awards.

Jaygee Macapugay (Chorus/Wife) has appeared at The Public in Here Lies Love as Imelda Marcos and on Broadway in School of Rock. Her Off-Broadway credits include School of Rock (Gramercy); Hello, Dolly! (National Asian Artists Project); Imelda: A New Musical (Pan Asian Rep/East West Players); and Honor, The Rockae (Prospect Theatre). Regional credits include Soft Power (Ahmanson, Curran); The King and I (KC Starlight); Miss Saigon (MUNY, 5th Avenue, Casa Mañana); and Smokey Joe’s Café (Maltz Jupiter, Riverside). International credits include Where Elephants Weep. She is a USO singer.

JOÉL PÉREZ (Digital Minsung/Chorus) has appeared at The Public in Oedipus El Rey, As You Like It, and Fun Home (and Broadway). Off-Broadway credits include Sweet Charity (The New Group, Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical) and Raw Bacon from Poland (Abrons Art Center). Regional and tour credits include In the Heights (first national) and Stuck Elevator (A.C.T.). Pérez is an ensemble member of Broken Box Mime Theater. Television credits include “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!;” “Person of Interest;” “Odd Mom Out;” “The Big C;” and “The Outs.”

Jamar Williams (Chorus). Off-Broadway credits include The Hairy Ape (Park Ave Armory), The Death of The Last Black Man...(Signature Theater), and Invisible Thread (Second Stage). Regional credits include Passing Strange (Wilma Theatre); Burn All Night, Witness Uganda, The Black Clown (A.R.T.); The Cardboard Piano (Humana Fest); and Hairspray, The Piano Lesson (Santa Rosa Rep). Workshop and readings credits include Sundance Theater Lab (new musical by Jeanine Tesori, David Lindsay Abaire), Secret Soldiers (Marsha Norman/Zoe Sarnak, WTF), Director’s Lab 2016 (Lincoln Center), and tour credits include Theatre Works USA.

Katrina Yaukey (Chorus) has performed at The Public in Road Show. Her Broadway credits include Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812; Cabaret (2014); War Horse; Billy Elliot; Company; and Cabaret (1998). Her tour credits include Billy Elliot, Sweeney Todd, Cabaret, and Victor/Victoria.

Full price tickets, starting at $55, can be accessed by calling (212) 967-7555, visiting www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street.

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Lori Tan Chinn, Baayork Lee, Paul Shaffer, Denise Burse, Daniel K. Isaac, Tracie Thoms and More Visit GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Lori Tan Chinn and Baayork Lee visit GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER have welcomed many in the Broadway community throughout their run including Lori Tan Chinn, Baayork Lee, Paul Shaffer, André De Shields, Daniel K. Isaac, Denise Burse, Jose Llana, Celia Keenan-Bolger, Marsha Mason, Alex Newell, the kids from SCHOOL OF ROCK, Eric William Morris and his cast members from KING KONG.

Baayork Lee, Garth Kravits, Lori Tan Chinn. Photo by Lia Chang
Baayork Lee, Garth Kravits, Lori Tan Chinn. Photo by Lia Chang

Helmed by Tony Award winner John Rando and featuring choreography by Chris Bailey, GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER will close on Sunday, September 16 following the evening performance. It will have played 30 previews and 40 performances. Previews began on July 19 and the show opened on August 13. Click here to purchase tickets.

Jay Klaitz, Mitchell Jarvis and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Jay Klaitz, Mitchell Jarvis and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang

GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER features original music and lyrics by Mark Allen, a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz, with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. The creative team includes Tony Award winners Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design) in addition to Music Direction by Sonny Paladino.

Lori Tan Chinn and Baayork Lee visit GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Lori Tan Chinn and Baayork Lee visit GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER features Mitchell Jarvis, Jay Klaitz, Manu Narayan, Paul Whitty, Sawyer Nunes, Marilu Henner, Kelli Barrett, Becca Kötte, Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Brandon Williams, Lindsey Brett Carothers, Ryan Duncan, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Hill, Nehal Joshi, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, Ian Ward, and Tad Wilson.

Lori Tan Chinn and Baayork Lee visit GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Lori Tan Chinn and Baayork Lee visit GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang

The cast recently gathered to record the cast album at Power Station and SH-K-BOOM RECORDS will release it later this year.

Mitchell Jarvis, Lori Tan Chinn, Marilu Henner. Photo by Lia Chang
Mitchell Jarvis, Lori Tan Chinn, Marilu Henner. Photo by Lia Chang

Mitch Papadopoulos always wanted to be the next Bruce Springsteen, but he left those daydreams behind for a day job. When this big-shot banker is handed a pink slip on his 40th birthday, he’s forced to move back in with his mom in New Jersey.

Jake Manabat, Raymond J. Lee, Baayork Lee, Garth Kravits, Lori Tan Chinn, Daniel May, J. Elaine Marcos, Yuka Takara, Lia Chang and Jay Klaitz.
Jake Manabat, Raymond J. Lee, Baayork Lee, Garth Kravits, Lori Tan Chinn, Daniel May, J. Elaine Marcos, Yuka Takara, Lia Chang and Jay Klaitz.

A run-in with his former music rival leads to a threat of foreclosure on Mitch’s family home, unless he can win The Battle of the Bands-a rematch over 25 years in the making. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win back his house, his pride-and maybe even the high school sweetheart he left behind-proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

André De Shields visits with the cast and crew of GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
André De Shields visits with the cast and crew of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, André De Shields, J. Elaine Marcos and Nehal Joshi. Photo by Lia Chang
Garth Kravits, André De Shields, J. Elaine Marcos and Nehal Joshi. Photo by Lia Chang
Mitchell Jarvis, Tracie Thoms, Garth Kravits, Daniel K. Isaac, Talia Thiesfield, Adam Porter Smith, Ryan Duncan. Photo by Lia Chang
Mitchell Jarvis, Tracie Thoms, Garth Kravits, Daniel K. Isaac, Talia Thiesfield, Adam Porter Smith, Ryan Duncan. Photo by Lia Chang

GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER is produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Roy Putrino, Scott Abrams, Sandi Moran, Carl Daikeler, Broadway Strategic Return Fund, Rob Kolson, Marie Barton Stevenson, H. Richard Hopper, Richard Roth, Marguerite Hoffman, Diego Kolankowsky, Gary Nelson, Brian Cromwell Smith, Witzend Productions, David Bryant, Darrell Hankey, Trevor Coates, Ladybug Productions, Jim Wagstaffe, Laura Z. Barket, Judith Manocherian, John McGrain, Steve Reynolds, Sal Buscemi, Douglas K. Atamian, Rich Battista, Frederic J. Siegel, BF Investments, and Sean Attebury. The Associate Producers for the production are Kayla Greenspan and Valerie Novakoff.

Paul Shaffer visits with the cast of GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Paul Shaffer visits with the cast of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Ryan Duncan, Brandon Williams, Paul Shaffer and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Ryan Duncan, Brandon Williams, Paul Shaffer and Garth Kravits. Photo by Lia Chang
Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Jay Klaitz, Paul Shaffer, Paul Whitty and Manu Narayan. Photo by Lia Chang
Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Jay Klaitz, Paul Shaffer, Paul Whitty and Manu Narayan. Photo by Lia Chang
Mike, Justin Rothberg, Kevin Ramessar, Paul Shaffer, Sonny Paladino, Joe Bergamini and Mark. Photo by Lia Chang
Mike, Justin Rothberg, Kevin Ramessar, Paul Shaffer, Sonny Paladino, Joe Bergamini and Mark. Photo by Lia Chang
Cast members from KING KONG and GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Cast members from KING KONG and GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo by Lia Chang
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Paul Whitty, Garth Kravits, Mitchell Jarvis, Sarah Saltzberg, Marilu Henner and Kelli Barrett. Photo by Lia Chang
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Paul Whitty, Garth Kravits, Mitchell Jarvis, Sarah Saltzberg, Marilu Henner and Kelli Barrett. Photo by Lia Chang
J. Elaine Marcos, Garth Kravits, Jose Llana, Ryan Duncan, Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
J. Elaine Marcos, Garth Kravits, Jose Llana, Ryan Duncan, Jaygee Macapugay. Photo by Lia Chang
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jose Llana and Sarah Saltzberg. Photo by Lia Chang
Celia Keenan-Bolger, Jose Llana and Sarah Saltzberg. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Alex Newell, Nehal Joshi and J. Elaine Marcos. Photo by Lia Chang
Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, Alex Newell, Nehal Joshi and J. Elaine Marcos. Photo by Lia Chang
Rob Marnell, Nehal Joshi, Lynsey Brett Carothers, Garth Kravits, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Tamika Lawrence, Paul Whitty, Kelli Barrett, Mitchell Jarvis, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz, Becca Kotte, Manu Narayan, Brandon Williams, Jasmin Richardson, Tad Wilson, Ryan Duncan, J. Elaine Marcos. Photo by Lia Chang
Rob Marnell, Nehal Joshi, Lynsey Brett Carothers, Garth Kravits, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Tamika Lawrence, Paul Whitty, Kelli Barrett, Mitchell Jarvis, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz, Becca Kotte, Manu Narayan, Brandon Williams, Jasmin Richardson, Tad Wilson, Ryan Duncan, J. Elaine Marcos. Photo by Lia Chang

Inside the GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER Opening Night Party with Garth Kravits, Marilu Henner, Mitchell Jarvis, Jay Klaitz, Brandon Williams and More

vox.com: Gettin’ the Band Back Together is a giant musical comedy dad joke. To hate it is to hate joy.

GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER Cast Set to Record Cast Album Today 

Town of Sayreville, NJ Becomes Co-Producer on GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz, Brandon Williams and More Kick Off Previews of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER 

Garth Kravits Returns to Broadway in John Rando Helmed GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Brandon Williams, Jay Klaitz, Lia Chang, Daniel K. Isaac and Garth Kravits.
Brandon Williams, Jay Klaitz, Lia Chang, Daniel K. Isaac and Garth Kravits.
Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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David Henry Hwang, James Houghton, Cicely Tyson, Maria Irene Fornes, Adrienne Kennedy and More Among 2018 Theater Hall of Fame Inductees

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

The Theater Hall of Fame has announced its 2018 Inductees which include actors Rene Auberjonais, Christine Baranski, and Cicely Tyson; playwrights Maria Irene Fornes, David Henry Hwang, and Adrienne Kennedy; director Joe Mantello, and posthumously James Houghton.

David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang
David Henry Hwang. Photo by Lia Chang

The 48th Annual Theater Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in the American Theater will be presented on Monday evening, November 12 at the Gershwin Theatre. Three-time Tony Award nominee and Theater Hall of Fame inductee, Dana Ivey, will be the Mistress of Ceremonies.

Founded in 1971 by James M. Nederlander, Earl Blackwell and Gerard Oestriecher, the Theater Hall of Fame’s primary mission is to annually honor lifetime achievement in the American theatre. To be considered for the ballot, the theatre professional must have 25 years on Broadway and five major production credits or be an Off-Broadway or regional theatre founder or pioneer. The voters are United States theatre critics and drama editors.

Visit theaterhalloffame.org for more information.

Final Weekend to see Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz, Kelli Barrett, Brandon Williams and More in GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Garth Kravits, Ryan Duncan and Brandon Williams. Photo by Cherie B. Tay

It’s your final weekend to see the new musical Gettin’ The Band Back Together at The Belasco Theatre (111 W 44th Street).

Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, J. Elaine Marcos. Photo by Cherie B. Tay
MouthFeel band members Brandon Williams, Garth Kravits, J. Elaine Marcos. Photo by Cherie B. Tay

Helmed by Tony Award winner John Rando and featuring choreography by Chris Bailey, Gettin’ The Band Back Together will close on Sunday, September 16 following the evening performance. It will have played 30 previews and 40 performances. Previews began on July 19 and the show opened on August 13. Click here to purchase tickets.

Ryan Duncan, Brandon Williams and Garth Kravits. Photo by Cherie B. Tay
MouthFeel band members Ryan Duncan, Brandon Williams and Garth Kravits. Photo by Cherie B. Tay

The cast recently gathered to record the cast album at Power Station and SH-K-BOOM RECORDS will release it later this year.

Garth Kravits, Ryan Duncan and Brandon Williams. Photo by Cherie B. Tay
MouthFeel band members Garth Kravits, Ryan Duncan and Brandon Williams. Photo by Cherie B. Tay

Gettin’ The Band Back Together has original music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. The creative team includes Tony Award winners Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design) in addition to Music Direction by Sonny Paladino and Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting.

J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Ryan Duncan, Jasmin Richardson, Garth Kravits, Tad Wilson, Brandon Williams, Nehal Joshi, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Marilu Henner, Manu Narayan, Becca Kotte. Photo by Joan Marcus
J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Ryan Duncan, Jasmin Richardson, Garth Kravits, Tad Wilson, Brandon Williams, Nehal Joshi, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Marilu Henner, Manu Narayan, Becca Kötte. Photo by Joan Marcus

The cast of Gettin’ The Band Back Together features Mitchell Jarvis (Mitch Papadopoulos), Jay Klaitz (Bart Vickers), Manu Narayan (Dr. Rummesh “Robbie” Patel), Paul Whitty (Michael “Sully” Sullivan), Sawyer Nunes (Ricky “Bling” Goldstein), Marilu Henner (“Mitch’s Mom,” aka Sharon Papadopoulos), Kelli Barrett (Dani), Becca Kötte (Tawney), Garth Kravits (Ritchie), Tamika Lawrence (Roxanne Velasco), Noa Solorio (Billie), and Brandon Williams (Tygen Billows). The cast also includes Lindsey Brett Carothers, Ryan Duncan, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Hill, Nehal Joshi, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, Ian Ward, and Tad Wilson.

2-Garth Kravits, Jasmin Richardson, J. Elaine Marcos, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell, Noa Solorio, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Ryan Duncan, Nehal Joshi, Tad Wilson, Becca Kotte. Photo by Joan Marcus
Garth Kravits, Jasmin Richardson, J. Elaine Marcos, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell, Noa Solorio, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Ryan Duncan, Nehal Joshi, Tad Wilson, Becca Kötte. Photo by Joan Marcus

Mitch Papadopoulos always wanted to be the next Bruce Springsteen, but he left those daydreams behind for a day job. When this big-shot banker is handed a pink slip on his 40th birthday, he’s forced to move back in with his mom in New Jersey.

Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Rob Marnell, Becca Kotte, Sawyer Nunes, J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmin Richardson and Ryan Duncan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Rob Marnell, Becca Kötte, Sawyer Nunes, J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmin Richardson and Ryan Duncan. Photo by Joan Marcus

A run-in with his former music rival leads to a threat of foreclosure on Mitch’s family home, unless he can win The Battle of the Bands-a rematch over 25 years in the making. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win back his house, his pride-and maybe even the high school sweetheart he left behind-proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus

Gettin’ The Band Back Together is produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Roy Putrino, Scott Abrams, Sandi Moran, Carl Daikeler, Broadway Strategic Return Fund, Rob Kolson, Marie Barton Stevenson, H. Richard Hopper, Richard Roth, Marguerite Hoffman, Diego Kolankowsky, Gary Nelson, Brian Cromwell Smith, Witzend Productions, David Bryant, Darrell Hankey, Trevor Coates, Ladybug Productions, Jim Wagstaffe, Laura Z. Barket, Judith Manocherian, John McGrain, Steve Reynolds, Sal Buscemi, Douglas K. Atamian, Rich Battista, Frederic J. Siegel, BF Investments, and Sean Attebury. The Associate Producers for the production are Kayla Greenspan and Valerie Novakoff.

Becca Kotte, Ryan Duncan, Nehal Joshi, Manu Narayan, Mitchell Jarvis, Tad Wilson and Paul Whitty. Photo by Cherie B. Tay
Becca Kotte, Ryan Duncan, Nehal Joshi, Manu Narayan, Mitchell Jarvis, Tad Wilson and Paul Whitty. Photo by Cherie B. Tay
Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Mitchell Jarvis and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Mitchell Jarvis and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Brandon Williams and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Brandon Williams and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz, Manu Narayan, Mitchell Jarvis, Paul Whitty. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz, Manu Narayan, Mitchell Jarvis, Paul Whitty. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Manu Narayan, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Sawyer Nunes and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Manu Narayan, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Sawyer Nunes and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Manu Narayan, Tad Wilson, Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Manu Narayan, Tad Wilson, Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz, Sawyer Nunes, Paul Whitty, Mitchell Jarvis and Manu Narayan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz, Sawyer Nunes, Paul Whitty, Mitchell Jarvis and Manu Narayan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell. Photo by Joan Marcus
Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell. Photo by Joan Marcus

Inside the GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER Opening Night Party with Garth Kravits, Marilu Henner, Mitchell Jarvis, Jay Klaitz, Brandon Williams and More

vox.com: Gettin’ the Band Back Together is a giant musical comedy dad joke. To hate it is to hate joy.

GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER Cast Set to Record Cast Album Today 

Town of Sayreville, NJ Becomes Co-Producer on GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz, Brandon Williams and More Kick Off Previews of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER 

Garth Kravits Returns to Broadway in John Rando Helmed GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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BE MORE CHILL to Play The Lyceum Theatre on Broadway in 2019

Will Roland, Jason Tam and The company of Be More Chill. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

Be More Chill will open on Broadway in 2019. After concluding its sold-out 10-week off-Broadway engagement on September 30, Be More Chill will begin performances at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre (149 West 45th Street) on Wednesday, February 13 at 8PM. The official opening night is Sunday evening, March 10. Tickets are now on sale at Telecharge.com, (212) 239-6200 or (800) 447-7400, and at the Lyceum Theatre box office. Group Sales are available through Broadway Inbound, (866) 302-0995, groups@BroadwayInbound.com.

The company of Be More Chill. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Will Roland and The company of Be More Chill. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

Be More Chill, features music and lyrics by Joe Iconis (NBC’s “Smash,” The Black Suits, Broadway Bounty Hunter) and a book by Joe Tracz (The Lightning Thief, Netflix’s “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events”) based on the cult sensation novel by Ned Vizzini. Stephen Brackett (Buyer & Cellar) directs and Chase Brock (HBO’s “Last Week Tonight,” Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark)choreographs.

Will Roland, Jason Tam and The company of Be More Chill. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Will Roland, Jason Tam and The company of Be More Chill. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

“It’s impossible to remain chill as we announce our Broadway opening later this season,” says Be More Chill‘s Tony-nominated lead producer Gerald Goehring. “With audiences traveling from around the country and around the world, we could not have been more thrilled with the outpouring of love we received during our New York premiere engagement off-Broadway. Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz have created a beautiful and universal musical that has inspired audiences throughout the summer and now the entire company cannot wait to bring the production to an even greater audience at The Lyceum in the new year.”

The Company of Be More Chill. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
The Company of Be More Chill. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

“Of course, a new musical is never done and a new production means another chance to upgrade,” say composer/lyricist Joe Iconis and book writer Joe Tracz. “Fans can expect that the show (like the Squip’s ever-changing wardrobe) will continue to evolve. This journey began at Two River Theatre in 2015 and we’re not done yet. So grab your Mountain Dew and your Player Two and come join us on Broadway. Everything about it is going to be wonderful.”

Will Roland, Stephanie Hsu, Tiffany Mann and the company of Be More Chill. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Will Roland, Stephanie Hsu, Tiffany Mann and the company of Be More Chill. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

“There’s no feeling like watching audiences watch Be More Chill,” adds Joe Tracz. “Whether they come wearing a homemade Michael hoodie or knowing nothing but the title, whether they’ve discovered it via our cast album, Ned Vizzini’s brilliant novel, or word of mouth, I’ve been humbled to see the show bring so many people together to share in something deeply cathartic and cathartically joyful. Joe Iconis and I made this show for anyone who’s ever been a teenager, and it’s always been our dream to bring it to the widest audience possible. We’re thrilled that now means Broadway, and I personally can’t wait to watch many more audiences connect to Be More Chill.”

The company of Be More Chill. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
The company of Be More Chill. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

“The fact that I get to make my Broadway debut as a writer surrounded by so many long-time collaborators and beloved friends both on stage and behind the scenes is a literal dream come true,” says Joe Iconis. “Be More Chill has surprised me and Joe Tracz every step of the way and we can’t believe that our celebration of misfits, losers, and underdogs gets to take up residence on 45th Street.”

Will Roland and the Cast of Be More Chill. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Will Roland and the Cast of Be More Chill. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

The New York premiere production of Be More Chill currently features Gerard Canonico (Spring Awakening, Groundhog Day) as Rich, Katlyn Carlson (Dirty Dancing, The Unavoidable Disappearance of Tom Durnin) as Chloe, Stephanie Hsu (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Christine,Tiffany Mann (Waitress, Jerry Springer the Opera) as Jenna, Lauren Marcus (The Humans at St. Louis Rep, Company at Barrington Stage) as Brooke, Will Roland (Dear Evan Hansen, The Black Suits) as Jeremy, George Salazar (tick tick BOOM!, Godspell, The Lightning Thief) as Michael, Britton Smith (Shuffle Along, After Midnight) as Jake, Jason Tam (NBC’s “Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert,” KPOP) as The Squip, and Jason SweetTooth Williams (Freaky Friday, Benny and Joon, Bloodsong of Love) as Jeremy’s Dad/Mr. Reyes. Cameron Bond (Finding Neverland), Troy Iwata (The Boy Who Danced on Air), and Talia Suskauer (Love in Hate Nation) are the company swings.

Tiffany Mann, Katlyn Carlson, Lauren Marcus, Britton Smith, and Will Roland. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Tiffany Mann, Katlyn Carlson, Lauren Marcus, Britton Smith, and Will Roland. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

Be More Chill features scenic design by Tony Award-winner Beowulf Boritt (Come From Away), costume design by Bobby Frederick Tilley II (Lizzie Borden, Top Girls); lighting design by Tony Award-winner Tyler Micoleau (The Band’s Visit); sound design by Ryan Rumery (Fool For Love); projection design by Alex Basco Koch (Buyer & Cellar); wig and hair design by Dave Bova; musical direction by Emily Marshall; orchestrations by Charlie Rosen (Prince of Broadway, Honeymoon in Vegas); casting by Telsey + Company / Adam Caldwell, CSA & Rebecca Scholl, CSA; production stage management by Amanda Michaels (The Children, The Ballad of Little Jo). John Corker and Lisa Dozier King will serve as general managers for the Broadway run of Be More Chill.

Tiffany Mann, Katlyn Carlson, Lauren Marcus. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Tiffany Mann, Katlyn Carlson, Lauren Marcus. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

The New York premiere production of Be More Chill currently plays through September 30 at The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street, NYC), presented by Gerald Goehring, Michael F. Mitri, Jennifer Ashley Tepper, Marc David Levine, Marlene and Gary Cohen, 42nd.club, The Baruch Frankel Viertel Group, Alisa and Charlie Thorne, Jenny Niederhoffer, Chris Blasting/Simpson & Longthorne, Brad Blume/Gemini Theatrical, Jonathan Demar/Kim Vasquez, Ben Holtzman and Sammy Lopez, Koenigsberg/Federman/Adler, Ashlee Latimer and Jenna Ushkowitz, Jenn Maley and Cori Stolbun, Robert and Joan Rechnitz, Fred and Randi Sternfeld, YesBroadway Productions, in association with Two River Theater, Red Bank, NJ, which originally commissioned and produced the musical.

Stephanie Hsu and Will Roland, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Katlyn Carlson, Lauren Marcus. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova 
Stephanie Hsu and Will Roland, Jason SweetTooth Williams, Katlyn Carlson, Lauren Marcus. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

A hit with audiences and critics alike, The New York Times writes “Be More Chill is one of the most popular musicals in America.” The Wall Street Journal raves “you don’t have to be a millennial to revel in the spunky charms of Be More Chill. See it now if you can wrangle a ticket, because it’s going to hit big – deservedly so.” The New Yorker says “if you fed Dear Evan Hansen and Mean Girls to the Little Shop of Horrors plant, with a few Xbox games as a digestif, Be More Chill is probably what you would get. …Dynamic, jouncy, and as infectious as malware.” The Hollywood Reporter says “uproarious laughter …enjoyable, catchy, up-tempo numbers, so winning that it’s hard to resist,” and Vox calls Be More Chill “a sensation. … wildly adored …universal. … The audience was screaming at every song.”Variety writes “It’s one thing to be told that Be More Chill is a viral hit on the internet. It’s quite another to experience the hype live and in the room, where the audience explodes like it’s at a rock concert. …People have come from all around the country, if not all around the world to see it.”

Tiffany Mann, Jason Tam, Will Roland. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Tiffany Mann, Jason Tam, Will Roland. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

What if popularity came in a pill? Would you take it, no questions asked? In Be More Chill, achieving that elusive “perfect life” is now possible thanks to some mysterious new technology-but it comes at a cost that’s not as easy to swallow. What could possibly go wrong? Blending the contemporary with retro sci-fi, this thrillingly exciting, comically subversive, and deeply felt new musical takes on the competing voices in all of our heads. And ultimately proves, there’s never been a better time in history to be yourself-especially if you’re a loser…geek…or whatever.

Katlyn Carlson, Lauren Mann. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Katlyn Carlson, Lauren Mann. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

Before arriving in New York, Be More Chill had already amassed an unprecedented following across various online platforms, with millions of fans from Brazil to Japan to New Jersey sharing fan art, streaming the album (over 170 million streams to date), and talking about the show. In 2017, Tumblr ranked Be More Chill as the #2 most talked-about musical on their platform, following Hamilton.

Jason Tam, Will Roland. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Jason Tam, Will Roland. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

Following up on the success of The 2015 Two River Theater cast recording, available from Ghostlight Records, the special edition Be More Chill original cast recording on vinyl is now available. The 2-disc package features new illustrative designs, green and red colored discs, and a 16-page, 12 x 12 booklet with lyrics, production photos and a new liner note from Joe Iconis.

Will Roland, George Salazar. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Will Roland, George Salazar. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

Performance rights for Be More Chill are licensed by R&H Theatricals.

Jason Tam, Will Roland. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Jason Tam, Will Roland. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Will Roland. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Will Roland. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Will Roland. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Will Roland. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Stephanie Hsu. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Stephanie Hsu. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
George Salazar. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
George Salazar. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Tiffany Mann. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Tiffany Mann. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Britton Smith, Stephanie Hsu. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Britton Smith, Stephanie Hsu. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Jason SweetTooth Williams. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Jason SweetTooth Williams. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Gerard Canonico. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova
Gerard Canonico. Photo Credit: Maria Baranova

 

Ben Fankhauser, Victoria Huston-Elem, Aline Mayagoitia, Mia Pinero, Aaron Ramey, Scott Wakefield, Simone Zamore, Brian Jose and More Set for Prospect Theater Company’s Benefit Concert Presentation of THE FLOOD on September 8

Prospect Theater Company kicks off their 2018-2019 season with a one night only special concert presentation of THE FLOOD, an original musical inspired by the historic 1993 Mississippi River Floods.

The IGNITE series concert presented in partnership with Greymatters Productions, will take place at TheTimesCenter (242 West 41st Street) on Saturday, September 8 at 8pm. Tickets for THE FLOOD are $30 – $50 and can be purchased at www.ProspectTheater.org or by calling 212-352-3101.

An ensemble of more than 60 performers will come together to raise funds for continued Puerto Rico hurricane recovery, in partnership with the Hispanic Federation’s UNIDOScampaign. Music direction of the evening is by Katya Stanislavskaya.

The principal cast will feature Ben Fankhauser (Broadway’s Newsies), Victoria Huston-Elem (Finding Neverland, National Tour), Aline Mayagoitia (In the Heights, Pittsburgh CLO, Ordway), Mia Pinero (West Side Story, The Guthrie), Aaron Ramey (Broadway’s Bridges of Madison County), Scott Wakefield (Broadway’s Hands on a Hard Body), and Simone Zamore (The Flood, Prospect original cast).

The ensemble will include Prospect and Broadway alumni including: Sherz Aletaha, Jennifer Blood, Victoria Bundonis, Cáitlín Burke, Anicet Castel, Jason Collins, DeMone, Carol Hickey, Brian Jose, Toren Nakamura, Yassi Noubahar, Michael Pesce, Alexandra de Suze, Tony Vallés, Josiah Vasquez, David Wiens, Zach Wobensmith, and Carla Woods.

The professional cast will be joined by a community chorus of 36 singers from Monroe County, Illinois, an area devastated by the 1993 floods of the Mississippi River, which inspired the musical.

Co-created by founding company artists Peter Mills (co-writer: book, music and lyrics) and Cara Reichel (co-writer: book, music and lyrics; direction), this special event commemorates the 25th anniversary of the devastating 1993 flood of the Mississippi River.

THE FLOOD was initially developed by Prospect in spring, 2001, and presented in a workshop production on the Lower East Side. Subsequently, Prospect presented an off-Broadway run of THE FLOOD in 2006. In 2007, the musical had its regional premiere at the Monroe Actors Stage Company in Illinois, which will also present an encore staging of the show this fall.

“Prospect is thrilled to revisit The Flood as we kick off our 20th year of creating new musical theater,” said Producing Artistic Director Cara Reichel. “For this special event, our artists are honored to come together with singers from Monroe County, Illinois, to help those in Puerto Rico who have an ongoing need for disaster recovery and support.”

Of its previous productions, The New York Times cheered, “a majestic score that evokes the free-ranging Americana of Ragtime,” Theatermania raved, “remarkable! The score succeeds magnificently,” and Talkin’ Broadway said, “glorious…surging anthems and rapturous hymns crown a collection of complex character songs.”

Direct donations to the concert’s Hispanic Federation UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program online fundraising campaign can be made via the show web page at www.ProspectTheater.org.

GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER’s J. Elaine Marcos Debuts One Woman Show at Feinstein’s/54 Below on September 5

Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Rob Marnell, Becca Kotte, Sawyer Nunes, J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmin Richardson and Ryan Duncan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Rob Marnell, Becca Kotte, Sawyer Nunes, J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmin Richardson and Ryan Duncan. Photo by Joan Marcus

J. Elaine Marcos will debut her one woman show What I Did for…a Job at Feinstein’s/54 Below on September 5 at 9:30 pm. Click here for tickets. Use code JEM5 for $5 off.

J. Elaine Marcos on the set of GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at The Belasco Theatre. Photo by Lia Chang
J. Elaine Marcos on the set of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at The Belasco Theatre in New York. Photo by Lia Chang

Ms. Marcos is back on Broadway in Gettin’ the Band Back Together through September 16 and received the Legacy Robe on opening night.

J. Elaine Marcos received the Legacy Robe prior to the opening night performance of GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at The Belasco Theatre in New York on August 13, 2018. She is pictured with Lainie Sakakura, another Robe recipient with whom she appeared in FLOWER DRUM SONG.
J. Elaine Marcos received the Legacy Robe prior to the opening night performance of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at The Belasco Theatre in New York on August 13, 2018. She is pictured with Lainie Sakakura, another Robe recipient with whom she appeared in David Henry Hwang’s revisal of FLOWER DRUM SONG.

In What I Did for… a Job, J. Ms. Marcos humorously reveals her approach to auditioning for musicals and shares her unique journey in what it took to book 9 Broadway Shows.

The many faces of J. Elaine Marcos in GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo courtesy of Facebook
The many faces of J. Elaine Marcos in GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER. Photo courtesy of Facebook

“I had to learn to break the “rules” in order to be noticed and many of my audition pieces were practically cabaret acts. So, I put them all in a show,” says the Broadway vet.

Ms. Marcos will be joined by fellow Gettin’ the Band Back Together cast member Ryan Duncan along with some special cameos from her Broadway past and William McDaniel on the keys.

Ms. Marcos was last seen stealing big laughs in Los Angeles in the 2017 CBS Diversity Showcase.

Clarke Thorell as Rooster, Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan and J. Elaine Marcos as Lily in Annie. Photo by Joan Marcus
Clarke Thorell as Rooster, Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan and J. Elaine Marcos as Lily in Annie. Photo by Joan Marcus

Prior to relocating to the West Coast she re-created the role of ‘Lily St. Regis’ in the revival of Annie along side Jane Lynch. Her comedic reputation began after her portrayal of ‘Cynthia’ in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, earning her an Astaire Award Nomination for Excellence in Dance. Additional Broadway credits include the revival of A Chorus LineThe Wedding SingerFlower Drum Song, Sweet Charity, Wonderful Town, and Miss Saigon.

Cast of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang Cast of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang
Cast of Flower Drum Song in rehearsal at 890 Broadway Studios in New York on September 22, 2002. Photo by Lia Chang

On screen, J. Elaine made her feature film debut in Morning Glory as ‘Lisa Bartlett’ opposite Rachel McAdams; and went on to appear in St. Vincent with Bill Murray. On TV she appeared in :Grace and Frankie,” “2 Broke Girls,” “School of Rock,” “30 Rock” and “Law & Order: SVU,” and is featured in the documentary Every Little Step.

This skilled Filipina comedian writes and produces her own YouTube comedy blog series :Motivational Mondays,” starring as the linguistically challenged but always optimistic motivational speaker named ‘V’.

Feinstein’s/54 Below, Broadway’s Supper Club & Private Event Destination, is a performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. Feinstein’s/54 Below presents iconic and rising stars from the worlds of Broadway and popular music and has set a new standard for culinary excellence worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54th Street.

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Lia Chang, Garth Kravits, Andre De Shields, J. Elaine Marcos and Nehal Joshi on the set of GETTIN' THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at The Belasco Theatre in New York.
Lia Chang, Garth Kravits, Andre De Shields, J. Elaine Marcos and Nehal Joshi on the set of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER at The Belasco Theatre in New York.
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang, Photo by Garth Kravits

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Lauren Yee’s CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND and Jaclyn Backhaus’s INDIA PALE ALE are 2018 Recipients of the Horton Foote Prize

Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang

Mari Marchbanks announced today the 2018 recipients of the biennial Horton Foote Prize, named in honor of the late playwright, which recognizes excellence in American theater. The 2018 Prize for Outstanding New American Play, presented to a work produced in the 2016-17 or 2017-18 seasons, is awarded to Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee. The 2018 Prize for Promising New American Play, presented to a previously unproduced work, is awarded to India Pale Ale by Jaclyn Backhaus.

Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang
Lauren Yee. Photo by Lia Chang

Their achievements will be celebrated at a private reception on Monday, October 15th at The Lotos Club (5 East 66th Street, New York City). Ms. Yee and Ms. Backhaus will each be presented with $25,000 and a limited edition of Keith Carter’s iconic photograph of Horton Foote, which is found in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

The four judges of the 2018 Horton Foote Prize are two-time Tony Award-winning actress Judith Ivey, serving as Chair; New Georges Artistic Director and playwright Susan Bernfield (Sizzle Sizzle Fly, Tania in the Getaway Van, My Last Car); Two River Theater Artistic Director John Dias; and Ensemble Studio Theatre Director of New Play Development and Associate Director of the EST/Sloan Project Linsay Firman.

On behalf of her fellow judges, Chair Judith Ivey said, “The playwright is the beginning for all other theatre artists. The story, the characters, and the words give the rest of us the opportunity to share that story. It is truly an honor to have been part of this year’s Horton Foote Prize committee. We four all expressed our joy and passion for all six of the final choices. The playwrights all explored the human condition and social circumstances in such creative ways, always with a solid truth and desire to share the inhumanity each character was experiencing. Each one beautifully wrote of the challenges of todays’ world. Making a decision was very difficult for all four of us.”

Abraham Kim, Daisuke Tsuji, Joe Ngo, Brooke Ishibashi, Raymond Lee and Jane Lui in South Coast Repertory's world premiere production of Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee. Photo by Danielle Bliss/SCR.
Abraham Kim, Daisuke Tsuji, Joe Ngo, Brooke Ishibashi, Raymond Lee and Jane Lui in South Coast Repertory’s world premiere production of Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee. Photo by Danielle Bliss/SCR.

Ms. Ivey continued, “Stylistically daring, Cambodian Rock Band deftly juxtaposes humor and rock music against the terrible truth of genocide. It is a beautiful story of love, forgiveness, and survival. Lauren Yee is a remarkable writer and Cambodian Rock Band is our choice for the 2018 Horton Foote Prize Award for Outstanding New American Play.”

Brooke Ishibashi, Joe Ngo, Jane Lui, Raymond Lee and Abraham Kim in South Coast Repertory's world premiere production of Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee. Photo by Tania Thompson/SCR.
Brooke Ishibashi, Joe Ngo, Jane Lui, Raymond Lee and Abraham Kim in South Coast Repertory’s world premiere production of Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee. Photo by Tania Thompson/SCR.

Cambodian Rock Band, with music by Dengue Fever, premiered in March 2018 at South Coast Repertory and will open at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Victory Gardens in 2019. Part comedy, part mystery, part rock concert, Cambodian Rock Band is a thrilling story that toggles back and forth in time, as father and daughter face the music of the past. Neary, a young Cambodian American has found evidence that could finally put away the Khmer Rouge’s chief henchman. But her work is hardly done. When Dad shows up unannounced – his first return trip to Cambodia since fleeing 30 years ago – it’s clear this isn’t just a pleasure trip.

Joe Ngo and Brooke Ishibashi in South Coast Repertory's world premiere production of Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee. Photo by Tania Thompson/SCR.
Joe Ngo and Brooke Ishibashi in South Coast Repertory’s world premiere production of Cambodian Rock Band by Lauren Yee. Photo by Tania Thompson/SCR.

India Pale Ale explores what it means to be a Sikh American in this day of racism and fear”, commented Ms. Ivey. “Gorgeously told through a Sikh family’s myth of a family member a century ago being a pirate and what that means in today’s world, framed the play as a modern-day fable rooted in stark reality at the same time. Jaclyn Backhaus has given us a story so richly poetic; it is ambitious and full of life. We are delighted to announce India Pale Ale as our selection for the 2018 Horton Foote Prize award for Promising New American Play.”

The world premiere of India Pale Ale at Manhattan Theatre Club will begin previews October 2, 2018 with opening night set for October 23, 2018 at New York City Center’s Stage I. In Ms. Backhaus’s poignant and smartly funny new play about legacy, life and longing, a tight-knit Punjabi community in a small Wisconsin town gathers to celebrate the wedding of a traditional family’s only son, just as their strong-willed daughter announces her plans to move away and open a bar. As they come together for feasts filled with singing and dancing, one generation’s cherished customs clash with another’s modern-day aspirations, and ghosts and pirates from the family’s past linger in everyone’s thoughts – until one sudden event changes everything.

Ms. Yee and Ms. Backhaus were nominated by South Coast Repertory and Manhattan Theatre Club, respectively. After a national reading committee narrowed the field of entries, ensuring that each script received multiple blind readings, a selection committee including Dramaturg, Tofte Lake Center Director, and University of Texas – Austin professor Liz Engelman, serving as Chair; Seattle-based stage director, producer, and educator Rosa Joshi; award-winning Seattle-based stage director Allison Narver; and American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.) Director of Dramaturgy and New Works Joy Meads; selected the top finalists to be presented to the judges.

Previous recipients of the Horton Foote Prize include Lynn Nottage for Ruined, Will Eno for Middletown, David Lindsay-Abaire for Good People, Naomi Wallace for The Liquid Plain, Dan O’Brien for The Body of an American, Suzan-Lori Parks for Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, & 3), Jordan Harrison for Marjorie Prime, and Zayd Dohrn for The Profane.

The Horton Foote Prize is funded by the Greg and Mari Marchbanks Family Foundation of Austin, Texas.

Lauren Yee’s Cambodian Rock Band, with music by Dengue Fever, premiered in March 2018 at South Coast Rep and will open at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Victory Gardens in 2019. Her play The Great Leap premiered this past season at Denver Center, Seattle Repertory, and Atlantic Theater with 2019 productions slated for the Guthrie, American Conservatory Theater, Arts Club, and InterAct Theatre. Also upcoming for 2018-19: King of the Yees at Baltimore Center Stage and San Francisco Playhouse, and The Song of Summer at Trinity Rep. Recent honors include the Kesselring Prize, Primus Prize, an upcoming Hodder Fellowship at Princeton, the #1 and #2 plays on the 2017 Kilroys List, as well as a finalist of both the ATCA/Steinberg Award and the Edward M. Kennedy Prize. She is a Ma-Yi Writers’ Lab member and an alumni playwright of Playwrights Realm. She received her BA from Yale University, and her MFA in playwriting from UCSD. Current commissions include Geffen Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Lincoln Center/LCT3, Mixed Blood, Portland Center Stage, Second Stage, South Coast Repertory, and Trinity Repertory Company. www.laurenyee.com

Jaclyn Backhaus is a playwright of Punjabi, German, and desert botanical descent. Her play India Pale Ale will receive its world premiere at Manhattan Theatre Club in Fall of 2018 after development at Powerhouse with New York Stage & Film. Select plays: Men on Boats (NYT Critics’ Pick, Clubbed Thumb & Playwrights Horizons, Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Playwriting Award Finalist, published by Dramatists Play Service, Kilroys List 2015), Folk Wandering (Pipeline Theatre Company), You Across From Me (Humana Festival of New Plays), People Doing Math Live! (Under The Radar Festival), and You on the Moors Now (Theater Reconstruction Ensemble, The Hypocrites in Chicago). Jaclyn was the 2016 Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence at Clubbed Thumb and is currently a playwright-in-residence at Lincoln Center. BFA: NYU, where she now teaches. She is co-founder of FRESH GROUND PEPPER, a New York-based arts incubator established in 2009. She lives in Queens with her husband, theater director Andrew Scoville, and their son Ernie.

Horton Foote won the Pulitzer Prize for his play The Young Man From Atlanta and received two Academy Awards for his screenplays for the films To Kill A Mockingbird and Tender Mercies. His work has also been produced on Broadway, off-Broadway as well as in theaters throughout the United States. His many honors, in addition to the Pulitzer and Academy Awards, include Drama Desk, Obie, Outer Critics Circle and Lortel Awards, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Gold Medal for Drama and the 2000 National Medal of Arts Award from President Bill Clinton. He is also a member of The Theatre Hall of Fame. In 2008, his play Dividing the Estate won the Obie and Outer Critics Circle Best Play Awards for its Off-Broadway premiere by Primary Stages. In 2008, the play transferred to Broadway under the auspices of Lincoln Center Theater, earning Foote his second Best Play Tony nomination. In 2009-2010, his epic masterwork, The Orphans’ Home Cycle was co-produced by Hartford Stage Company and Signature Theatre Company, and received the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award, Drama Desk Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Lucille Lortel Award. In 2013, The Trip to Bountiful was revived on Broadway (winning a Best Actress Tony Award for Cecily Tyson), and premiered in 2014 as a new Lifetime film, earning two Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Movie. His memoirs, Farewell and Beginnings, are published by Scribner.

Marc delaCruz, Whitney Bashor, Sarah Lynn Marion and Kyle Sherman Set for Keen Company’s New York Revival of Adam Gwon’s ORDINARY DAYS, October 2 – November 17

Keen is presenting the first NY revival of Adam Gwon’s acclaimed Ordinary Days starring Whitney Bashor (The Bridges of Madison County), Marc delaCruz (If/Then), Sarah Lynn Marion (2013 Jimmy awards winner), and Kyle Sherman (Pete the Cat).

Performances for this limited Off-Broadway engagement of Ordinary Days, directed by Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein, will begin Tuesday, October 2nd, and continue through November 17th only, with opening night set for Wednesday, October 17th. Additional matinees on Wednesdays November 7th and November 14th at 2pm.

Ordinary Days will have new orchestrations especially created for Keen by Bruce Coughlin (Tony Award® and Drama Desk Award winner for The Light in the Piazza; Tony Award® nominations for Grey Gardens and Urinetown; numerous Drama Desk Award nominations including War Paint, Giant, Grey Gardens, Urinetown, The Sound of Music, and Floyd Collins). John Bell (On the Town, Fiddler on the Roof, Keen’s Marry Me A Little) will serve as Musical Director. Ordinary Days will have scenic design by Steven Kemp, costume design by Jennifer Paar, lighting design by Anshuman Bhatia, and sound design by Alex Hawthorn.

“I am so thrilled to start rehearsals for our revival of Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days with this wonderfully talented cast. Adam writes complex and distinctive characters and each of these actors bring their own unique gifts to his work. I am also eagerly anticipating getting back in the room with John Bell, my friend and colleague who was an integral part to creating our beautiful production of Marry Me a Little. And adding the gifted Bruce Coughlin into the mix to create new orchestrations will ensure our production will be a truly original version of Adam’s gorgeous musical.”

From the company that brought the acclaimed revivals of Marry Me a Little, John and Jen,and Tick, Tick…BOOM! comes Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days, a refreshingly humorous and inspiring musical about making simple connections in a chaotic city. Written by one of musical theater’s most exciting new composers, Ordinary Days tells the story of four young New Yorkers whose lives intersect in unexpected ways as they search for success, happiness, love, and taxis. Peter Marks in The Washington Post declared “If life really were more like a musical, you’d be contented if that life percolated as vibrantly as does Ordinary Days, Adam Gwon’s sweet, fleet and tender survey of four youngish New Yorkers, fighting through the emotional noise and dramatic traffic to arrive at a clearer sense of who they are and what they want to be. It’s a beguiling little tale, set to Gwon’s effervescent, urban-romantic melodies… Gwon’s 19 songs are the evening’s sole engine. They’re lyrically witty and rich enough in narrative and character detail to power the dual plots of the musical. It’s the kind of unadorned musical that feels like such a fresh alternative to most of the overproduced stuff on Broadway.”

Whitney Bashor appeared on Broadway in The Bridges of Madison County, garnering the Clarence Derwent Award. National Tour: Whistle Down the Wind. Off-Broadway: The Fantasticks, Himself and Nora. Regional: The Bridges of Madison County (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Beaches (Drury Lane Theatre), Merrily We Roll Along (Wallis Annenberg Theatre: LA Ovation Nominee), Fly By Night (Dallas Theatre Center), Light in the Piazza (Philadelphia Theatre Company: Barrymore Award Winner), Unsinkable Molly Brown (St Louis MUNY), Diner (Signature Theatre), Edges (Original Company; Capital Repertory Theatre). Concerts: Boston Pops (Tanglewood, Ted Sperling), An Evening of Music with Marvin Hamlisch (Library of Congress, Ted Sperling), Adam Guettel (54 Below), Jason Robert Brown (54 Below). TV: “Law & Order SVU”, “Boardwalk Empire”, “Love Monkey”, “All My Children”. Film: Off the Black. BFA University of Michigan. Follow @bashorw on Instagram.

Marc delaCruz: Broadway: If/Then. Off-Broadway/New York: Three Days to See (Transport Group), Pacific Overtures (Classic Stage Company), Prison Dancer (NYMF), Oklahoma! (National Asian Artists Project). Tour/International: If/Then (David), Where Elephants Weep, The Wedding Banquet, Disney’s High School Musical. Regional: Vietgone (Quang, Studio Theatre), Next to Normal (Dan, Tantrum Theater), Allegiance (The Old Globe), work with San Jose Rep, North Carolina Theatre, ReAct, Northwest Asian American Theatre, the 5th Avenue Theatre, and Village Theatre.

Sarah Lynn Marion is making her New York debut. Last summer she was seen in All Shook Up at The MUNY. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a BFA in Musical Theatre, where her credits included Ursula in Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Daniel in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised]. First Place Musical Theatre Pre-Professional Division for the Classical Singer Vocal Competition and winner of the Jimmy Award, the Jerry Herman Award, and the JRAY for High School Musical Theatre.

Kyle Sherman is making his Theatre Row and Keen Company debut. Recent credits include Off-Broadway’s Pete the Cat (Pete), For the Record: The Brat Pack (The Geek), From Pilgrim Landing (Jacob), Rosie Revere (Iggy Peck), as well as concert appearances at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Kyle is a Graduate of Northwestern University. Follow @kshermanatorr on Instagram and Twitter.

Adam Gwon is an award-winning composer and lyricist whose musicals have been produced on five continents, in more than half a dozen languages. Off-Broadway: Ordinary Days (Roundabout), Old Jews Telling Jokes (Westside Theatre); Regional: String (Village Theatre), Cake Off (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Award nomination; Bucks County Playhouse), Cloudlands (South Coast Rep), The Boy Detective Fails (Signature Theatre), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma); West End: Ordinary Days (Trafalgar Studios). Adam’s songs have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and more, by such luminaries as Audra McDonald, Kelli O’Hara, and Brian d’Arcy James. Honors include the Kleban Award, Fred Ebb Award, Richard Rodgers Award, Frederick Loewe Award, Second Stage Theatre’s Donna Perret Rosen Award, Weston Playhouse New Musical Award, ASCAP Harold Adamson Award, and the MAC John Wallowitch Award, as well as commissions from Roundabout, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre, South Coast Rep, and Broadway Across America. Recordings include:Ordinary Days (Ghostlight Records), Audra McDonald’s Go Back Home (Nonesuch), The Essential Liz Callaway (Working Girl Records), Tracy Lynn Olivera’s Because, and Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Album. Adam has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the O’Neill Music Theater Conference, and the Dramatists Guild.

Keen Company creates theater that provokes identification, reflection, and emotional connection. In intimate productions of plays and musicals, we tell wholehearted stories about people striving to do their best and the decisive moments that change us. Keen has been honored with eleven Drama Desk nominations, two Drama Desk Awards, two Drama League nominations, and two Obie Awards.

All performances will be at Theatre Row, a program of Building for the Arts NY Inc., (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) and will be Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday matinees at 3pm. Tickets for Ordinary Days will be $75; premium tickets will be $90. (All ticket prices include restoration fees.) Tickets for the first performance only on Tuesday October 2nd will be $25.

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Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits
Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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Production Photos: Mitchell Jarvis, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz, Garth Kravits, Kelli Barrett, Brandon Williams, Nehal Joshi, J. Elaine Marcos and More in GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

2-Garth Kravits, Jasmin Richardson, J. Elaine Marcos, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell, Noa Solorio, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Ryan Duncan, Nehal Joshi, Tad Wilson, Becca Kotte. Photo by Joan Marcus
J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Ryan Duncan, Jasmin Richardson, Garth Kravits, Tad Wilson, Brandon Williams, Nehal Joshi, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Marilu Henner, Manu Narayan, Becca Kotte. Photo by Joan Marcus
J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Ryan Duncan, Jasmin Richardson, Garth Kravits, Tad Wilson, Brandon Williams, Nehal Joshi, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Marilu Henner, Manu Narayan, Becca Kötte. Photo by Joan Marcus

The new musical Gettin’ The Band Back Together is currently playing  at The Belasco Theatre (111 W 44th Street). Helmed by Tony Award winner John Rando and featuring choreography by Chris Bailey, the production began previews on July 19 and opened on August 13.

2-Garth Kravits, Jasmin Richardson, J. Elaine Marcos, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell, Noa Solorio, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Ryan Duncan, Nehal Joshi, Tad Wilson, Becca Kotte. Photo by Joan Marcus
Garth Kravits, Jasmin Richardson, J. Elaine Marcos, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell, Noa Solorio, Mitchell Jarvis, Tamika Lawrence, Ryan Duncan, Nehal Joshi, Tad Wilson, Becca Kötte. Photo by Joan Marcus

Inside the GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER Opening Night Party with Garth Kravits, Marilu Henner, Mitchell Jarvis, Jay Klaitz, Brandon Williams and More

You can get 2 for 1 tickets for Gettin’ The Band Back Together during Broadway week, Sept 3-16! Visit www.telechargeoffers.com
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Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Rob Marnell, Becca Kotte, Sawyer Nunes, J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmin Richardson and Ryan Duncan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Garth Kravits, Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Rob Marnell, Becca Kötte, Sawyer Nunes, J. Elaine Marcos, Jasmin Richardson and Ryan Duncan. Photo by Joan Marcus

The cast recently recorded the cast album at Power Station, to be released by SH-K-BOOM RECORDS later this year.

Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus

Gettin’ The Band Back Together has original music and lyrics by Mark Allen and a book by Ken Davenport and The Grundleshotz with additional material by Sarah Saltzberg. The creative team includes Tony Award winners Derek McLane (Scenic Design), Emily Rebholz (Costume Design), Ken Billington (Lighting Design), John Shivers (Sound Design) in addition to Music Direction by Sonny Paladino and Casting by Eisenberg/Beans Casting.

Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Kelli Barrett and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus

The cast of Gettin’ The Band Back Together features Mitchell Jarvis (Mitch Papadopoulos), Jay Klaitz (Bart Vickers), Manu Narayan (Dr. Rummesh “Robbie” Patel), Paul Whitty (Michael “Sully” Sullivan), Sawyer Nunes (Ricky “Bling” Goldstein), Marilu Henner (“Mitch’s Mom,” aka Sharon Papadopoulos), Kelli Barrett (Dani), Becca Kötte (Tawney), Garth Kravits (Ritchie), Tamika Lawrence (Roxanne Velasco), Noa Solorio (Billie), and Brandon Williams (Tygen Billows). The cast also includes Lindsey Brett Carothers, Ryan Duncan, Scott Richard Foster, Jenny Hill, Nehal Joshi, J. Elaine Marcos, Rob Marnell, Jasmin Richardson, Ian Ward, and Tad Wilson.

Mitchell Jarvis and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Mitchell Jarvis and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus

Mitch Papadopoulos always wanted to be the next Bruce Springsteen, but he left those daydreams behind for a day job. When this big-shot banker is handed a pink slip on his 40th birthday, he’s forced to move back in with his mom in New Jersey.

Brandon Williams and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus
Brandon Williams and the company. Photo by Joan Marcus

A run-in with his former music rival leads to a threat of foreclosure on Mitch’s family home, unless he can win The Battle of the Bands-a rematch over 25 years in the making. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang, and sets out to win back his house, his pride-and maybe even the high school sweetheart he left behind-proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.

Gettin’ The Band Back Together is produced by Ken Davenport, Hunter Arnold, Roy Putrino, Scott Abrams, Sandi Moran, Carl Daikeler, Broadway Strategic Return Fund, Rob Kolson, Marie Barton Stevenson, H. Richard Hopper, Richard Roth, Marguerite Hoffman, Diego Kolankowsky, Gary Nelson, Brian Cromwell Smith, Witzend Productions, David Bryant, Darrell Hankey, Trevor Coates, Ladybug Productions, Jim Wagstaffe, Laura Z. Barket, Judith Manocherian, John McGrain, Steve Reynolds, Sal Buscemi, Douglas K. Atamian, Rich Battista, Frederic J. Siegel, BF Investments, and Sean Attebury. The Associate Producers for the production are Kayla Greenspan and Valerie Novakoff.

Jay Klaitz, Manu Narayan, Mitchell Jarvis, Paul Whitty. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz, Manu Narayan, Mitchell Jarvis, Paul Whitty. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz and Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Manu Narayan, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Sawyer Nunes and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Manu Narayan, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Sawyer Nunes and Mitchell Jarvis. Photo by Joan Marcus
Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Manu Narayan, Tad Wilson, Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Tamika Lawrence, Noa Solorio, Sawyer Nunes, Jay Klaitz, Paul Whitty, Manu Narayan, Tad Wilson, Marilu Henner. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz, Sawyer Nunes, Paul Whitty, Mitchell Jarvis and Manu Narayan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Jay Klaitz, Sawyer Nunes, Paul Whitty, Mitchell Jarvis and Manu Narayan. Photo by Joan Marcus
Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell. Photo by Joan Marcus
Mitchell Jarvis, Sawyer Nunes, Rob Marnell. Photo by Joan Marcus

vox.com: Gettin’ the Band Back Together is a giant musical comedy dad joke. To hate it is to hate joy.

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Mitchell Jarvis, Garth Kravits, Marilu Henner, Jay Klaitz, Brandon Williams and More Kick Off Previews of GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER 

Garth Kravits Returns to Broadway in John Rando Helmed GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER

Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang_photo by Garth Kravits

Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers,  musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.

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